Those we help find themselves in a variety of situations, some straightforward, others tragic and desperate.  With kindness and compassion, we work closely with everyone who comes to us to understand their situation and support them as we help get them back on their feet. 

That help is sometimes life-saving - it is always life-changing.

These are the stories of just a few of those we’ve helped over the years.

Compensating a Family for their Belongings Destroyed in a Flood

A single mother living in New England with two daughters, one of whom with special needs, saw the pipes in the apartment above burst and flood their living quarters. She didn’t have a tenant insurance policy, and most of the family’s possessions were either ruined or severely damaged.

The British Charitable Society sent a gift certificate of $1,000 to help the family replace essential items.


Supporting a Family During a Medical Crisis

A Scottish man came to Rhode Island on a work visa with his wife and two children, and became a permanent resident after working for the same company for 17 years. His partner, who hadn’t enjoyed the time here, went home for a death in the family to return home and never came back.  They eventually divorced; the son remained in Scotland with his mother, but the fully employed daughter stayed in RI with her father. 

Shortly thereafter, he became sick with multiple serious medical conditions… Read more >>

Raising Funds to Help a Family Relocate for a Better Life

A British family with three children living in Massachusetts were struggling to find work.  One parent had been out of work for two years – he went to a job center every day and occasionally got day work but not enough to pay family bills. The other had applied for over 100 casual jobs without success. 

The British Charitable Society was able to help by paying their rent and several bills, but without full-time employment there was little hope of avoiding going into a housing shelter, separating the husband and young son from the mother and girls.